“Shenmue III” street date broken in Europe; how to avoid spoilers

On Monday, Twitter user Topsu indicated that he found and purchased a copy of Shenmue III at his local market, a full eight days ahead of its scheduled release. Topsu’s Post was confirmed as true by the online Shenmue fan community Shenmue Dojo, which has now put their spoiler policy into effect.

This news may be particularly irksome for backers of the Shenmue III Kickstarter campaign,* as they have yet to receive the game themselves. However, street dates do get broken for other highly-anticipated releases from time to time, so those who preorder games often get the short end of the stick. And unlike some other public relations snafus over the last year or so, this one isn’t really the fault of developer YS Net or publisher Deep Silver.

If you would like to avoid spoilers, Shenmue Dojo has posted a detailed guide on how to navigate the web without having Shenmue III spoiled, including a browser extension. That may seem extreme, but some Shenmue fans have been waiting a full 18 years to play the next chapter in Ryo Hazuki’s story. Who can blame them. You can see Shenmue Dojo‘s spoiler avoidance guide here. Of course, you could also just take a social media break, which at be good for your emotional well-being, anyway.

In the meantime, I’d like to see a fake Shenmue spoiler hashtag take off. I’ll start:

*Disclosure: the author of this post is a backer of the Shenmue III Kickstarter campaign.

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